Sunday, October 22, 2017

Landslide - a cover by El Bohemio

   This is something I haven't done in a long while. So here's  a new recording done again with the help of my brother's Avid Recording Studio device. Of course I recorded the video and the audio separately again. Even the vocals and guitar were recorded separately. I'm just not good enough to do all that  in just one take haha!  I added a delayed effect on the vocals and the a flanger effect on the guitar to hide the flaws of my singing and my playing hihihi ! I'm not sure if it worked. My ears are tired already from listening to what I've done if it's any good. My God, I don't even like the cover image!

  But who's demanding for perfection here, right? Hehe. This is really about having fun, doing the things we love, pretending to be some famous rock star. I remember the words of Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters about the "human element" in music making and how today's  music sounded perfect  but lacks personality and...

  Anywaaay, this video isn't a Foo Fighter song hehe. It's a Fleetwood Mac song written in 1975 ( I was born in that year ). But it was only after the year 2000 that I first heard this song and it was a live version. I really think their vocalist Stevie Nicks sounded better there compared to the original 1975 recording, and Lindsey Buckingham's guitar-playing is just amazing!

  I love this song not only because it sounds great but because of its meaning. Nicks wrote this song at a time when she was in Aspen, Colorado, contemplating on going back to school or continue to pursue a career in music with Buckingham, whom she is not in good terms with at that time, and their album had been dropped by Polydor Records. She was looking at the snowy mountains and felt that her life is crashing down like an avalanche. That kind of feeling is something I believe we all can relate to. I felt that many times in my life.

   Landslide was beautifully covered by other artist such as Smashing Pumpkins and Dixie Chicks, also in the TV show Glee. I've read Miley Cyrus, Tori Amos, and Bush did it also. Actually there are a lot more.

  Well I hope you will give my version a listen haha. Please don't bash me hahaha!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Real sorry guys. If you happen to stumble upon my online catalog or this blog and saw a photo of a shirt that you'd like to buy, I regret to inform you that I am momentarily not selling them yet. 

    I'm also sorry I cannot answer every inquiry I receive about the shirts. If you have been a follower of this blog you will find that I took a break from printing shirts for retail, for most of 2016. 

   I'm actually back into printing now but usually have to put it aside sometimes for other projects. I've been printing stocks  and will relaunch soon. There will be new designs, and some old designs will be available in new shirt colors. ^_^ 

  But I'm afraid I cannot give you a specific date as to when this relaunch is gonna happen. There is still a lot to do. A few designs are yet to be printed and I need to photograph each design for the online catalog. I  also need to convert my FB page into an online store so all transactions will be done there.  Hopefully I can finally make the shirts available by December.

  Well thank you for your understanding! Especially to my most loyal patrons haha who have been waiting patiently for the new designs. You guys inspire me - you give that extra push for me to make things happen! ^_^

Monday, October 9, 2017

El Bohemio Visits the Pinto Museum

  There was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for last Sunday, October 8, 2017 and it was really pouring the night before. I thought that this trip will not push through. But we woke up to an overcast weather. So Shah, George, Jaret, and myself, we took our motorcycles up to Antipolo hoping the weather will just stay that way - cool and cloudy.

   I've been wanting to go to Pinto Museum since I learned about it a couple of years ago (or more) and I'm glad this group agreed to do a short ride just to check the place out. Originally, the plan was to ride around Rizal after this art-watching field trip haha but we spent around 5 hours in this romantic place.

    So I'm gonna share to you some pictures I took of this very unique museum. It truly is a place for someone who appreciates art, gardens, and traditional architecture.

The Architecture
    Well, it's Mediterranean. They will remind you of Santorini minus the blue accents. Blue is replaced with earth colors such as terracotta and sienna, and a lot of greens provided by our lush tropical flora. I personally love this style or architecture with its roughly plastered, dull-cornered wall finish; niches, and built-in seating. I remember dreaming of a house like this. If I'm lucky to have my own house built, it will have this same rustic charm.

The Gardens
     Lots of open spaces here and the plants are allowed to grow freely - no tree or bush cut into a topiary, or plants arranged in a Zen like manner. They cascade in the sloping terrain along steps and pathways that lead you to a lot of artful surprises. Impressive sculptures of clay, cast stone, and metal will greet you while you explore the museum grounds.

The Galleries
     They have galleries as small as a cellar and as large as a warehouse. The museum's rustic style is consistent inside and out. One gallery will lead you to another, not only by turning left or right but climbing up or down. The steep terrain on which the galleries are built added to the appeal of this museum. Some galleries are even "landscaped" with large rocks.